IWM catalogue record
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Major Edward J. Gignac's P-47 Thunderbolt (PZ-G, serial number 42-22548), named "Gig's-Up", after a landing accident at Bodney air base, 11 February 1944. Gignac was a pilot with the 486th Fighter Squadron, 352nd Fighter Group.
The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...
Military | Major | Fighter Pilot
Edward Gignac was one of the top ski jumpers in the country pre-war, and had lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He attended Kimball Union Academy and Middlebury College, both in skiing scholarships. Enlisting in the Air Corps in April 1941, he served in...
Military site : airfield
Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...